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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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What's in a Name?

Good Monday to you, friends!

We are literally HALFWAY through April.
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How's Camp NaNo going for those of you taking part??  Are you breezing through your goals?  Stuck in writer's block?  Taking a grace day?  Or in need of a name or three??

Well, I can't really help you with any of the former issues, but perhaps I can encourage you in them, while giving you some shiny, new names for any of your characters possibly in need.  :D

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I'm considering revamping these posts a little, featuring themes for each week of the month, as well as creating a cover image.  Come May, you may see some slight changes---but no worries!  These posts will still be here, just hopefully a little more organized & tailored to your needs as a writer.

Also, it's been a long-time goal of mine to SOMEHOW list every name in one of my menu pages---making it easy-access to search alphabetically through all the hundreds of names I've shared here over the years. . . That may still be a little while in coming, but I'm gonna see what/how I can do it.  :]

In the meantime,

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M English (modern)

Variant of Yancy, which comes from a surname, itself an Anglicized form of the Dutch name Jansen meaning "Jan's son." 

F | French, German, Dutch, English

French, German, & Dutch form of Rosalia, which is a late Latin name derived from rosa, meaning "rose."

German, Ancient Germanic, Polish

The German cognate of William, coming from elements meaning "will, desire" and "helmet, protection."  This was the given name of two German emperors, as well as the middle name of many German philosophers: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716), a notable mathematician.

German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English

German diminutive of Adelheid, which is the German & Dutch version of Adelaide, derived from elements meaning "noble" and "kind, type, sort."

German, Ancient Germanic

Short form of various compound names formed from the element rand, meaning "shield, rim," such as the given names of Bertrando or Randolf.

English (modern)

From a surname, which was itself a place name, derived from Old English eofar "boar" and leah "woodland, clearing."  Could also be seen as from the English word ever, meaning "at any time" and the -ly suffix, or variant words lea "grassland, pasture."  Alternate spellings: Everley, Everleigh, Everli.

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Talk to me!  Of these six, do you have a(ny) favorite(s)??

Are there any themed meanings/names you'd like to see in these posts?  Like, names meaning "sun," "moon," or "stars"? Or "brave" meanings? Or names from different colors?  Let me know! I may feature them in the coming weeks.  :]


  1. OH MY GOODNESS. I looooove Everly! That is such a cute name. I may have to use that one sometime! :D Wilhelm is great too. It feels steampunkish to me for some reason. And I've always found Rosalie and Heidi to be such pretty names. This is a great list!

    I like the idea of themes posts. And having all the names listed alphabetically somewhere would be AWESOME. Though I totally understand that would take time, so obviously no pressure! But it's a great idea! :D

    I hope Camp NaNo is going well for you!

    1. I KNOW. So do I! So lovely *hearteyes* YESSSSS, use itttttt!!!! Ha! Never thought of Wilhelm being steampunkish, but now that you mention it---it does xD I can't choose a favorite---I rather like all of these!

      Awesome! I know... Still tryna brainstorm the HOW... ^_^

      It is, thank you, m'dear!!

  2. I love Everly and Rosalie, but tbh, I love all of these! <3

    1. So do I! The girls names are probably my faves of all of these, but I do kinda like Yancey (thanks to a Louis L'Amour novel) heheh

  3. Oh I've always loved the name Wilhelm. Such a cool name. And Heidi is also great!

    Maybe having names from certain locales at certain periods of history would be nice (i.e. 16th century Germany or something like that). That way, if someone is trying to base their story off of a certain time period or place, they'll have some names that were common at that time. Just an idea.

    1. Agreed. There seems to be a great deal of strength in that name. And I think Heidi is just lovely & fun!

      Ooooh, what a fantastic idea! Thanks, girl! I'll definitely look into this. Specifying something like that would be certainly helpful. I may have to ask what kind of eras readers are writing in at some point. But 16th century Germany is a perfect place to start. Thank you, Sarah!!


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